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    As we experienced last week how the IDF were targeting senior officers of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization

    responsible for the rocket fire toward Israel in the past month and terrorizing Israeli citizens for many years, it was hard to hide the joy and happiness, as they seemed to have finally gotten what they deserved.

    But a question must be asked: are we allowed to feel happy at times when wicked terrorists get משלי( punished for their actions? The pasuk says ,כד,יח) : ״בנפול אויבך אל תשמח ובכשלו אל יגל לבך״ meaning that one should not rejoice at the failure of his enemy, at which point the pasuk continues and says: ״פן יראה ה ורע בעיניו והשיב מעליו אפו״. The Mefarshim explain that the end of the pasuk goes to the extent of saying that Hashem gets so angry when we rejoice at the downfall of our enemies, that He sometimes removes the punishment from the enemy and sends it upon the person rejoicing.

    The gemara (מגילה טז,א) actually deals with this question explaining that when Mordechai was going up the horse, he kicked the wicked Haman with his feet. Haman turned to Mordechai and

    asked him from the above Pasuk, “Aren’t you restricted from showing happiness while your enemies are suffering?” Mordechai then told him that there is a difference between a wicked Jew who gets punished, which we shouldn’t feel happy, to when a wicked non-Jew gets punished, that we are permitted to feel happy. The explanation is simple, when our brothers are being punished, even though they deserve it, we should still feel their pain. According to this approach we can conclude that it’s permitted to be happy at the death of those evil terrorists since they are not our brothers.

    Still, there is another question that needs clarification: when the Egyptians chased the Jewish Nation at sea, Hashem drowned them all in the ocean. Seeing the Egyptians dying, the angels wanted to sing praises, but Hashem stopped them responding that it’s not correct to do so when His creations are being destroyed We see again that idea of holding . )מגילה י,ב( back from expressing happiness when our enemies are being punished.

    But that is not always the case, since Chazal tell us that there are times one should feel happy upon seeing the wicked being punished, and it is then a positive thing to rejoice. The Gemara explains that King David, who was )ברכות ט,ב( constantly singing praises of Hashem with Tehilim, didn’t use the praise of “Haleluya” until

    he was happy to see the downfall of the wicked.

    Another pasuk says that there is joy when the משלי יא,י) : ״באבוד רשעים( wicked are eliminated even says that one )תרז( Sefer Chasidim .רינה״ may be punished if he isn’t happy when the wicked are lost.

    Few approaches were suggested to answer the above contradiction:

    a. The Zohar (נח דף סא,ב) says that the difference is where one has been sinning over and over again. Hashem usually doesn’t punish right away, rather, He waits for the person to repent and change his ways. If that doesn’t happen, then there is a point at which Hashem decides that the person won’t change his ways anymore and that He waited for him enough and the person needs to be taken down. At that time when Hashem punishes him there is much happiness. In the case of the Egyptians, says the Zohar, they didn’t reach that point yet and therefore Hashem wasn’t happy with their death. This answer doesn’t really relate to us because we don’t have a way to know if and when the person has reached the point that Hashem gives up on him. Only Hashem knows this and therefore He told the angels not to sing. But we, as a nation, are allowed to sing when we are saved from those evil Arabs.

    b. Some say that the prohibition to sing and rejoice is only while the wicked are being

    punished. At that very time Hashem is sad to see His creations die, but after they were punished ראש דוד פרשת( one may express his happiness This explains well .)בשלח דנ״ד ועיון יעקב ברכות ט the reason Hashem prevented the angels from singing, because they asked to sing while the Egyptians were drowning. Afterward, it was surely permitted, as we see that Moshe and the nation sang Shirat HaYam. According to this answer, we may rejoice after we hear that those terrorists were taken down.

    c. Another answer is that the angels were not allowed to sing as they were not the ones who were being saved from the Egyptians. But the people, who were chased to be killed or to be taken back to slavery, were allowed to sing and Moshe and the nation indeed do so. This answer can teach that with the current event, the Jewish people, who were saved from the Jihadists are permitted to express their happiness.

    There are a few more answers to the above, but overall we learn that it’s correct and even expected from us to rejoice at the destruction of those evil murderers.